You’ve probably never heard of X-Board, but chances are, you’ve got some of it in your home. X-Board is a fairly new, lightweight type of board that is created using a structural core of paper or a type of fiberboard support. The result is a sheet of board made from recycled material placed between two layers of very, very thick paper. When the flimsy inner material is placed between these two thick sheets of paper, the entire thing becomes very rigid and sturdy.
This type of green product is relatively new, but many companies have jumped on board the X-Board bandwagon. It’s especially useful for creating lightweight, inexpensive home furnishings like those purchased from IKEA and other department stores. It’s also an alternative to plywood and medium density fiberboard. In fact, X-Board is often combined with plywood or wood veneer to make an even stronger piece. For companies that do many trade shows, X-Board is perfect for creating temporary booths that are only needed for a week or so. It’s also used in building bookshelves, desks, tables, and other pieces of furniture and as material for walls in buildings.
X-Board was designed by the Xanita company. Its creators saw huge bales of recycle paper waste and realized that the waste could be put to some use. They set out to create a board made from the recycled waste that would be completely environmentally friendly. Today, Xanita creates a number of ecologically friendly boards and other construction goods, all of which are made from this post-consumer paper waste. The X-Board is made to replace formaldehyde-based boards, petroleum-based PVC materials, and polystyrene/polypropylene sheeting. Generally, the X-Board can be used in any construction project as a replacement to these products, although in a few instances, the light weight of the X-Board may be an issue.